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21st Century Print.
Three Key points.

1.

Printed Products
We supply any print for any purpose to organisations and to people in the Midlands and all over the UK. We can provide instant pricing for most jobs where print ready artwork will be supplied. There is nothing printed that we cannot supply.

2.

Print Management
We offer print management services to small and medium sized businesses as well as larger organisations. We will help you reduce your expenditure on print and make it as effective as possible.

3.

Multi-Channel Marketing
We can help you effectively integrate print into your digital marketing campaigns. We are not afraid to tell our clients to print less if we can see that is the best course for them.

Testimonials

Please find a link here to a very heartfelt testimonial from one of our clients that very generously expresses her view of the service provided by one of our principals.

When I moved to the Midlands last year I was looking for a printer to do some training manuals for me...

and I found 21st Century Print Ltd. Since then I have used them numerous times for a variety of work. I give them full marks for great quality of work, speed of service and pricing. No need to look elsewhere, I can really trust them to do a great job."
John Taylor
Tricordant Ltd

I just wanted to say that the materials arrived and were great... just what I needed.

Thanks for helping me and at relatively short notice. I will happily recommend your company to others and hopefully, when I secure a similar piece of work, return to you for support."
Andrea
Clarion Consulting

Thank you again for everything that you have done for us, we are really really pleased, you’ve done an exceptional job and I will certainly recommend you."


Tracey Higgins

Tony produces superb printing to a time he promises and at a price offering excellent value.

I asked Tony to produce two different cards for a new venture, to a tight timescale for important client and supplier meetings. The job was delivered in time, despite the tight deadlines and to an excellent standard.

Thanks Tony - your work is excellent and your service is designed to please."
Andy Murdy
Explorator Consulting

Your service has been second to none. I will pass your details on to my friends."

Margaret McFerran

Just wanted to say how grateful we are at the service books you've done for us...

they are beautiful and most thankful for the two laminated keepsakes ones they where so very much appreciated and we couldn't be prouder at what you've done for us as a family at this difficult time."
Sally Jayne

Golding Young have been loyal partners for over a decade due to the excellent service provided and of course being competitive in a tightly priced market."


Golding Young Limited

On behalf of Potteries Mechanical Services Limited we are happy to promote 21st Century Print Ltd who have provided us with excellent service including quality, design and printing. We have no hesitation in recommending 21st Century Print Ltd for all of your printing requirements."
Susan Powell
Potteries Mechanical Services Ltd

Our Company have used 21st Century Print for some time now, our general day to day printing requirements have been handled with care and attention.

Just recently I was tasked with some bespoke requirements, Tony and his design team set to it and within no time I was reviewing designs and receiving samples to review. The outcome was fantastic, we couldn’t be happier."
Amy T

21st Century Print have supplied our printed materials for the last five years.

They have always provided efficient, friendly service – but more than that, on several occasions have gone out of their way to ensure we receive the items we need at very short notice. Tony and Carol go above and beyond for their customers."
Sue Soley
Academy for Chief Executives

We act for a large portfolio of clients in dealing with their company secretarial and corporate legal compliance requirements which requires us to send circulars to shareholders, notices, accounts etc on their behalf.

We have used the services of 21st Century Print Limited for several years to deal with the printing and despatch of documents and throughout that time we have found them to be consistently efficient, reliable, and accurate even when completing tasks given at very short notice. In short, an outstanding level of service.

It gives me great pleasure to recommend them.


Tim Hughes, Senior Manager
Equiniti David Venus Limited

21st Century Print have been fantastic once again.

Never fail to deliver a fantastic printed product, great quality, superb service and at a great price. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them (again) to anyone. I’ve been buying print for over 20 years and it’s always refreshing to work with great people like Carol and Tony."
David Bamber, Creative Director
Cake Agency

Highly recommended! Printed perfectly and delivered quickly."


Clare Williams

Thanks Carol, that is fantastic service!"


Gary Dunne
Classic Car Auctions

21st Century Print are a very experienced printing company who are extremely helpful,

every order we have placed has been of excellent quality and has been delivered on time. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.


Hayley Young
Salamander Fire & Security Ltd

I just wanted to say that I received the Order of Service parcel first thing Friday morning.

What a fabulous job, and everything was done so quickly, but to perfection!

Thank you so much. Very much appreciated.


Veronica

Tony & Carol

The booklets have arrived and they are stunning. Thank you so much once again for such excellent service, excellent product & excellent advice (you were right about the floral background Tony!).

Can't thank you enough! Sorry you are no longer in Coventry, would have loved to thank you both personally.


Caroline

Tony & Carol

Just a line to thank you for the prompt printing and delivery of the magazine. That turnaround was impressive with delivery yesterday!


Janet
Holbrooks Evangelical Church

21st Century print were really great to work with.

They remembered our last order from a year ago and gave us great customer service. The printed materials were of great quality and they also met our delivery needs in Birmingham and London all for a brilliant price! Thank you Carol and all of the team for an easy and quick service. We will definitely be return customers!"


Daisy-May Super, Project Co-ordinator Talking Together
TimeBank

 

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The Seven Wonders of Print

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The Seven Wonders of Print

Let us take you on a journey. Look past the office furniture and instant coffee. Step away from the photocopier and yawnful meeting you wish you could avoid.

Take your mind to far-flung horizons, to pastel sunrises and crumbling ruins. Let yourself drift into times gone by; times of empires, and emperors, and tribal struggles, and superstition.

OK, now you’re in the right place. Let us introduce you to the Seven Wonders of Print. And, as we’re feeling fun and playful now that spring is here, we’ve included a cheeky little special offer at the end for you to enjoy.

First stop, the Hidden Kingdom of Possibilities

Many years ago the 21st Century Print dynasty created a print company that could provide any kind of print for any purpose. So, whether you are looking for a loincloth emblazoned with your clan’s crest or signage to prop up outside the catacombs, there is no job too big or small.

Next is the Magnificent Bridge of Brokerage

Print brokerage enables 21st Century Print to leverage longstanding relationships and ensure you receive the very best option for your project. That’s the best prices, most appropriate technology and fastest speed of delivery. You’ll never have to trawl for quotes again.

If you look out of your window ahead, you’ll make out the

Great Colossus of Consultancy

The dominion of 21st Century Print has more than seven decades of combined experience and expertise. Engage them as consultants and they’ll audit your print communication to find the most suitable medium and message, reducing print costs by an average of 20%.

Up ahead now is the

Astonishing Pyramid of Packages

See all those packages carefully laid out in a pyramid? They are for people who need a whole host of branded material all in one go. Whether for a startup, product launch or exhibition, these flexible packages ensure consistency, and save time and money.

Turn your eyes to the right and here is the

Monolith of Multi-Channel

Enter an era where print does not work alone. Success is based on the integration of digital and print. We consider the format most appropriate for the message and make digital and print work together. 21st Century Print focus on being specialists in communication as a whole, never printing for print’s own sake.

It’s our penultimate stop, welcome to the

Ancient Garden of Extras

Whatever pre- or post- printing services you need, we’ve got these covered. From graphic designers and copywriters, through to binding, storage and dispatch, the Ancient Garden of Extras will keep things simple and straightforward.

Last but not least, it’s the

Secret Pillars of the 21stCP Dynasty

The 21st CP Dynasty are people’s people. We get to know you and take the time to find out how you’re doing. Integrity and care are our middle names. We’re working for you and always put your needs first.

Okay, now that you’re acquainted, you might like to know about our Seven Wonders of Print special offer.

The Seven Wonders of Print Special Offer

To explore the Seven Wonders of Print in the context of your own business, 21st Century Print is offering a free 1-hour consultation audit. Company director and print expert, Tony, will assist you in reviewing all of your current and planned print and communication materials. He’ll give you all the advice you need in terms of maximising your return on investment from print. It’s even face-to-face, you’re invited to attend the 21st Century Print offices or meet at a mutually convenient location within 60-mins drive of Redditch and South Birmingham.

Book your FREE consultation today!

Let us simplify the world of print

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The world of print can be technical and baffling. There are so many options to choose from, so many printers to choose from, and technology is always evolving. For the majority of people getting printed is a practical formality. It’s something that simply needs to be done, a task to tick off, not a topic that most of us are especially enthralled by.

It might therefore come as a relief to think of 21st Century Print as your go-to printing geeks. Both directors have been in the industry since their teenage years and - although I am too polite to say how old they are now - I can safely say that they have a combined experience of more than 70 years. Basically, it wouldn’t be arrogant to think we know a thing or two about the print industry. That’s why we’ve created our business in a way that means we’re able to offer a complete solution for any job.

Recently we were reviewing all of our skills and capabilities, so all the things we can offer you. The list was substantial. It made us think it worthwhile to spend a moment or two writing up an overview of our products and services, alongside the benefits of each. When you’re next contemplating print, you will know the options and rationale for the solution we’d pose.

The great thing with 21st Century Print is that we’re a genuine one-stop shop, combining a mix of in-house, brokerage and consultancy, alongside many additional services. We’re agile and creative so that we can find you the most appropriate and effective solution for any project. That’s right, no more legwork shopping around or overwhelm at the myriad of companies and solutions out there.

Our in-house digital printing service is great for time-critical projects and short print runs where you need tight control over deadlines. Many printers have either specialised for one particular type of printing or become brokers. Keeping our own industrial print equipment on-site and working as print brokers too provides the best of both worlds.

To list all of the benefits of choosing a print broker would need its very own blog, and we’ll endeavour to give you that soon. In the meantime, as an overview, we basically leverage our industry experience and contacts to get you the best price for the highest presentation of your print job. Working for you, we can identify and solve problems before they arise, ensure that there’s no confusion between shipping and delivery dates, and utilise our own long-term relationships to your all-round benefit.

There’s also a print management service that, when said quickly, could be easily confused with brokerage. Print management is quite different though. It is all about your overall print strategy, deciding exactly what needs to be printed and why. Looking at all your business’ printed material, reader needs and information flow, we audit your printed materials and ensure that you’re not wasting trees or money just for the sake of it. Print management utilises our skills as communication specialists to identify the most appropriate format and medium, including digital. On the whole businesses save 20% off their print bill by going through a print management process.

Now, we don’t want to overwhelm you but there are many more services that 21st Century Print offers. This article promised to simplify your print solutions so, if you feel like you’re not following at any point, just remember the short answer: we’re a one-stop-shop. If it relates to print, we can help.

First to mention are the practicalities after printing, such as warehousing, assembly and postage, and maybe you won’t be surprised to hear that we can take care of all of those very easily. Not to mention the steps before going to print; such as graphic design, copywriting and digital-print integration. Over the years we’ve built relationships with a host of reputable, efficient and varied marketing professionals, so we love being the go-between linking just the right creative to the job in hand.

If you need to print regularly but with slight changes to the content, our web to print service offers online templates that can be amended and printed with minimal clicks. Or, if you’re about to launch a new brand or product, or are getting ready to tour trade shows, exhibitions and expos, peruse our packages and starter packs. They make it possible to get a complete set of branded marketing material with maximum efficiency and minimal outlay. We’re specialists in glossy catalogues and stunning B2B newsletters. For free advice about necessary considerations for creating a first class catalogue, download our eBook ‘Designing Print Ready Catalogues: What you need to know’.

Finally, are you a budding author? Well, there’s something for you too. Our sister company, 21st Century Publications, has a whole host of products and publishing services. And My Order of Service gives a tidy solution for anyone in the business of producing, well, orders of service.

Try reeling that off quickly! Yes, we’re busy bees. If it involves printing, you can be sure we’re interested in it. So save yourself a lot of running around and begin your next print job with 21st Century Print. It is highly unlikely you’ll ever need to source another printer again.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you move forward.

Why Auction Houses Should Use A Print Management Company

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Auction houses have much to gain by using a print management company to handle their printing requirements. Rather than deal with the cost and challenge of managing an in-house print team, most auction houses opt to outsource those roles to experts who can meet its various printing needs.

Print Management vs Your Local Printer

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As a business expands and grows so does its printing requirements. In the early days, 500 thin product brochures, labels, envelopes, and 100 business cards, may be all that’s needed. As stocks deplete, a quick phone call or email to your local printer ensures a new batch arrives, and everything keeps running smoothly.

Print Management Vs Online Printing

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Which is right for you, online printing or using a personalised print management service? It really depends on what your particular printing needs are. So, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both.

Why Use a Print Broker

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If your catalogue print requirements are large and varied, you might have been considering whether to use a print broker, as opposed to an online or local printing business. Working with the right print broker can increase your efficiency and reduce the pressure on you, as they use their expertise to find you the right printing solution for your exact needs, at the best price. At 21st Century Print, we believe in supporting you in all your printing needs so here's our guide to the reasons why you should use a print broker.

Why Use A Print Management Company?

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Using a print management company can save you time, save you money and help you get a better ROI from your catalogues. The term ‘print management’ can mean different things in some sectors, so it is worth looking at what we mean by the phrase in this case – before exploring the main benefits of the service.

Printing and the Nature of Reality

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I am a print veteran… have worked in the print industry since I started full time work in 1976, with just a couple of years doing something else in the mid-nineties, which led me back to the printing industry.

Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the first printing press is arguably the most important invention in human history as it made the communication of ideas and information on a large scale possible. Without printing there would have been no Renaissance, no industrial revolution, no widespread education and no Democracy. As Howard Rheingold said "The printing press simply unlocked literacy"

In many ways the Internet can be seen as the printing press of the technology age, and it provides quicker, cheaper and easier access to ideas and information than the printing press ever could. It comes with far more inherent dangers because of that but however serious those dangers, we must resist government censorship, or ultimately this will lead to the end of Democracy.

This article is titled “Printing and the Nature of Reality” What am I getting at? Whilst I have always liked the Lennon / McCartney 'definition' from "Strawberry Fields" — "Nothing is real", I am splitting Reality into two sections, with apologies to philosophers and scientists who I am sure would be able to challenge my probably over-simplified definitions.

1) The physical World
2) The interior World of ideas, emotions, information, thought, consciousness, imagination

A book exists in the physical world, you can touch it, feel it, smell it and see it. It provides a window into the interior world. An e-book does very much the same thing and it also exists in the physical world, but engages fewer of our senses. I contend that as a result its window to the interior world is less transparent. The fact is people prefer to read books than e-books, despite the fact they are more expensive and in many ways less convenient. As many of our lives are increasingly spent in front of screens, the way print manages to engage us is probably because of its clear existence in the physical world. Strawberry Fields could be rewritten "Nothing is real—except for printing maybe"

There is no doubt, however, that the Internet is here to stay and will evolve. Printing is no longer the main conduit between the physical world and the interior world, but there is another big change going on. 3D printing is correctly defined as a printing technique but its purpose is to make things for the material world, and it is developing at a rate of knots. The person recognised as the father of 3D printing, the American Chuck Hull was eighty in May. He is the Gutenberg of our time.

Printing—for centuries it was the main way to express ideas and provide information—the link between the material and the interior worlds. It is no longer the most widely used method, but it remains the most effective, and it has now evolved into being a way to create useful objects for the material world itself.

I love my industry and am a Proud Printer. Strawberry Fields should be rewritten "Printing is real"